May 11, 2018
Perched on the rooftop of Customs House in Circular Quay, Café Sydney awards a bird’s eye view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Built in 1845, the heritage listed Customs House was Australia’s primary trade gateway for more than 150 years it’s said that it was on this very site that the local Eora people watched the First Fleet land back in 1788. After more than 13 years in operation, Café Sydney is as entwined in the fabric of Sydney’s top-tier drinking and dinking scene as the building itself relates to Sydney’s cultural heritage. Primarily a restaurant designed with recycled black butt timber flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Café Sydney plates up fresh Australian produce with aplomb, from freshly-shucked oysters to melt-in-your mouth crustaceans and free-range meats. But that doesn’t mean you can’t just stop by for a drink. With its generous lounge area and that fantastic balcony, Café Sydney is the kind of place that almost demands you crack a bottle of Hunter Valley Semillon. Or at the very least try one of the well-chosen wines on the all-Australian menu. The beer list features a similarly great range of Australian brews alongside a string of international favourites, while the cocktail list focuses on remastered classics, from the Plum Pisco Sour (Santiago Queirolo pisco, plum jam, lemon juice, egg white, rhubarb bitters) to the Chocolate Sazarac (Remy Marin Vs Cognac, Makers Mark bourbon, chocolate bitters, crême de cacao, Le Fee absinthe). Those abstaining are not forgotten thanks to the curated selection of mocktails, but vodka or gin can be added for extra kick. On Sundays, swing by for live afternoon jazz.